Adding a level of protection to your residence with a home security alarm system is one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your family and your possessions. Home security alarms are designed to monitor as many entry points or zones as you require. Either hardwired with a web of cables or wireless, home security alarms are produced by numerous manufacturers, including Honeywell Ademco, Visonic, DSC and GE. With many available options and accessories, a home security alarm can be configured to sound the alarm on the premises or automatically contact a central monitoring facility.
Wireless and hardwired systems each feature a control panel, which is its brain. Controlling the output of power to the various sensors and communication between the system and an off-site monitoring station, the control panel determines the zone capacity of a particular system. Other components includes door and window sensors, smoke alarms, motion detectors, power transformers and radio communication devices.
Home security alarms possess an initial zone capacity, the number of entry points or areas the system can monitor without expansion modules. In addition, the maximum capacity indicates how much expansion is possible. Depending on the unit, support capability may include multiple X10 devices, relays, expansion modules and keypads. Home security alarms usually provide a variable number of user access codes, a viewable event log and often a built-in phone line to notify the authorities in the occurrence of a break-in.